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LARGO — A $25 million project to move City Hall back downtown took a small step forward Oct. 15 when city commissioners gave staff the green light to negotiate a contract with its top-ranked architectural firm for the first phase of the undertaking.

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Twenty years ago, a group of gardeners formed an artistic gardening co-op, dubbing themselves the Garden Fairies. Hailing mostly from northern Pinellas County, the group worked in the garden together and discussed everything from environmental issues to the plants they were growing. Two decades later, these talented, arts-loving gardeners have switched gears, making a name for themselves as a team of wearable art creators. Their work is the centerpiece of the upcoming Bay-2-Bay Wearable Art Exhibit at Creative Pinellas.

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LARGO — The city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country this past week by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park Association for…

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Mark Grifone organizes the Warehouse of Horrors in Largo each Halloween, but he is much more Santa Claus than Grim Reaper. That’s because Grifone and about three dozen of his fellow employees at Forensic Technology, Inc., have scared up more than $40,000 for charities in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties the past three years by transforming the company’s warehouse into 10,000 square feet of terror.

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Halloween isn’t until the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to dress up or get down in celebration of the spooky holiday. Largo is filled with events for participants of all ages, including the annual Spooktacular event, which will draw thousands of trick or …

CLEARWATER — It was only appropriate that this year’s Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year would take a curtain call Sept. 20 during the 67th annual meeting and awards breakfast at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater.

“Climate change is not a lie; do not let our planet die,” they chanted repeatedly. Also, “Burn Wall Street, not our water.” A group of 30 to 40 Largo High School students demonstrated in front of Largo City Hall Sept. 20, encouraging local government leaders to support actions that address climate change.

The question of whether to stick with the city’s rules or give Largo’s two Walmart supercenters an early holiday gift by temporarily allowing outdoor storage containers proved to be a tough one for the City Commission to answer.

LARGO — In the past decade, the city of Largo has spent more than $80 million on upgrades to its stormwater and wastewater systems in an effort to cut down on sewage overflows. For the most part, the efforts have paid off, significantly reducing the overflows that had plagued the city.

LARGO — Largo Engineering Services will be hosting a community outreach and information meeting about the Rosery Road reconstruction project Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The new Bridge Dance Complex in downtown Largo is bustling with activity and vibrant young faces. City officials hope that atmosphere will translate to the rest of West Bay Drive as they prepare for a series of projects they say will revitalize the area by making it more attractive, walkable and safer.

LARGO — A project at the wastewater treatment plant that once was estimated to cost $4 million could now cost more than double that, city commissioners learned Aug. 6 during a meeting at City Hall. 

Jon Weaver’s pinball obsession started early. By the time he was 9 years old, he was busing tables at his father’s restaurant in Indiana. He earned 25 cents for each table he cleared and he used the money to play the pinball machines that stood at the front of the restaurant.

LARGO — After more than a year of negotiations, the city of Largo and the firefighters union reached a deal on enhanced benefits that both sides say will help improve morale, recruitment and retention problems that have been mounting since the recession. 

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